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Porcelain_Doll
31-03-2010, 11:54 PM
This might've been done before, but I don't feel like bumping. And we need new threads anyhow.

As a proud booklover and sad small-not fully developed-country dweller, it's become near impossible for me to find the books I want in English without spending a small fortune on Amazon.com and their shameless shipping rates.
Bookstores here have labeled "Literature in English" pathetic single shelves full of Danielle Steel and whodunnits by Sadsob McCheesecake.

So, via a blogger friend, I had this idea which I'm now wondering why the hell it didn't come to me earlier so I could've saved my money. Book exchange! *tahdah!*

Perhaps not exchange per se, but let me paint you a lovely picture: somebody posts a plea for a book they cannot obtain in their country. Another person goes shopping and casually finds a copy shelved nicely in a nearby bookstore.
Via PMs or email, an exchange is set, and the first party can refund the second party via PayPal or the likes (shipping included. It's only fair.). Or, say, one has a book they wouldn't mind giving away. An someone else wants is. Voila!

In my case, I don't care for pristine copies. The cheaper the better, and if it's used yet still decent, it's a done deal.

What do you say?

(I really do hope this isn't illegal, by the way.)

Hazzle
01-04-2010, 10:05 AM
(I really do hope this isn't illegal, by the way.)

I couldn't see how. Once you buy a book, you have the right to re-sell it. Now if people were lending the books, or renting them, there could be issues, but I'm fairly sure selling the book outright is perfectly legal. It goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway) that this is not legal advice.

Porcelain_Doll
01-04-2010, 07:06 PM
Whee! I'd forgotten you were a lawyer, Haz. Best combination ever.

Mandy
01-04-2010, 11:22 PM
You all totally need to read "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell" by Tucker Max.

duckula
01-04-2010, 11:51 PM
I saw the movie, does that count?

Mandy
01-04-2010, 11:54 PM
No, because the movie is flat, and absolutely ridiculous.

Movie<Book

Hazzle
01-04-2010, 11:54 PM
Best combination ever.

Combination?

duckula
01-04-2010, 11:57 PM
No, because the movie is flat, and absolutely ridiculous.

Movie<Book

I laughed, quite a bit. I used to read his forums, bit miffed he shut them down but I really should get round to reading the book. Apparently the follow up is coming later this year.

Mandy
02-04-2010, 12:02 AM
It is, and I'm excited! He's really kind of brilliant, and I think he's amazing. I'd never want to sleep with him, but I'd shake his fucking hand.